The Johnston County Public School Board is expected to vote Tuesday night on a Resolution asking Johnston County Commissioners to place a $253.5 million school construction bond referendum on the November 2022 ballot.
In March, Brooks Moore, Chief of Facilities and Construction, presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the school board. The report said six new schools are needed in the next 5 years, along with major expansion projects at six existing school campuses, plus numerous infrastructure and modernization improvements. Mr. Moore said the total price tag is $720 million.
He said an estimated 9,900 additional students will be enrolled in public schools by 2025 and the new schools and expansions are needed to keep up with rapid growth.
On Tuesday, April 5th the school board is expected to vote on a Resolution asking County Commissioners to place a $253.5 million referendum before voters this Fall. That’s about 35 percent of the $720 million officials say they need. Officials said school facilities in the worst condition will be prioritized.
A $253.5 million bond would pay for one additional high school ($102 million), two additional elementary schools ($96 million), and expansions at four schools: Benson Elementary, Cleveland High, Cleveland Middle, and Cooper Elementary ($55.5 million).
School officials said the three new schools, and expansions at four others, would provide capacity for 5,429 additional students and allow for the removal of 146 mobile classroom units.
Currently, 32 out of 44 schools, or 73 percent of schools, are at or exceeding capacity.
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